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Billy Ruffian

Billy Ruffian Records keeps various experimental bands including Bellerophon, MCLD, Missmyheartbeats and BAPS. Everything is (as you would hope) free for download and under CC licences. Hoorah!



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Billy Ruffian
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Each of these pieces was created in SuperCollider using only 140 characters of code. Yet they're amazing, varied and complete pieces of music. What geniuses created them? See for yourself...
Topics: supercollider, twitter, tweet, music
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As a warm-up to a radio show in Sheffield a bunch of us made this rather wondrous collection of tape music - which was supposed to be trailers and idents for the show. We ended up only using one of the segments during the broadcast but subsequently Sam decided it was so good he did another show playing the whole piece.
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by Bellerophon
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Ford in Kenya represents they heyday of the Bellerophon's 1997 exploits. From old tapes rescued from Ford tractor adverts they created a dark place full of "pick up sticks" and the odd bit of "in car entertainment".
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by MCLD
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This album explores loads of loudish noises you can make with your voice... but it's leavened with some other stuff as well. Most of the tracks here are purely vocal - whether single-track, multi-track, or sampled. (Tracks 10, 13, 14, 15 are the exceptions.)
Topics: voice, vocal, beatbox, experimental
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by MCLD
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MCLD's first album (featuring Shub on four of the tracks). A hotchpotch of grawky stuff, lots of it digitally-created. Some great tracks on this! I think so, anyway. That's why I released them. "Dedicated to the memory of a p" is often a popular one. "Space Creem" is an amazing scary rumbly drone thing - I just listened back to it and I love it.
Topic: experimental
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by Baps
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A series of musical works inspired by the popular Japanese confectionery
Topics: ambient, onmichord, pocky, baps
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by Missmyheartbeats
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This is a collection of music and remixes by Missmyheartbeats back in the days when he spent a lot of time going up and down the M1 between Leeds and Sheffield. It contains the incredible "My Mermaid" - the ultimate sea-shanty-cubanismo mashup. There is also the rather unpleasant "Hilton" which is from much later and involved being stuck in Milton Keynes at a very boring work event.
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by Missmyheartbeats
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A few Missmyheartbeats demos from 2009. The instrumental and highly poppy Gorseville (inspired by my French teacher from school), the darker electro-oriented Half-built (being about the view from my window) and two tracks featuring real singing and actual piano playing! And no, the wolf still hasn't come to dinner...
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by MCLD
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Rhythmic ambient music created with Genetic Algorithms (a way of implementing evolution in a virtual environment). More info at http://www.mcld.co.uk/evolutionarysound/ These are live recordings, with no processing or post-production. No samples, no predefined patterns - everything you hear is created on-the-fly by evolutionary processes.
Topics: experimental, evolution, genetic, generative, genetic algorithm, genetic programming
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Tilted reggae with some beatboxing too